Brian Fenton

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Kilkenny and Fenton at the Dublin homecoming in Smithfield. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

It is easy to forget that Ciarán Kilkenny has been around quite a long time for someone who turned 25 only in July. He has just won a fifth All-Irelan(...)

Dublin’s Niall Scully celebrates scoring their second goal against Tyrone in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, in Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There are two sides to every story, except when it comes to the state of Gaelic football, for which there about 200. The inter-county season has ended(...)

Jake Buiuc-Keegan, 3 from Tallaght raises the Sam Maguire with Dublin players at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

There is something incredibly weird about traditions. Sometimes, we do something annually, monthly, daily, before or after a match because we know it’(...)

This Dublin team contains some great players, including James McCarthy (above right)  McCaffrey, Fenton and Cluxton – the greatest goalkeeper we have seen. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho cy

So where’s the problem with Gaelic football, as you see it? Was it on view last Sunday, when Dublin won their fourth All-Ireland title in a row, or (...)

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton should be picking up another All Star after a fine season. Photograph: Inpho

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) Still the best around. Rory Beggan had a fine year but would Cluxton have tried that mad shot against Tyrone? No chance. (...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey celebrates with Brian Howard as his side wins a free against Galway in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park in August.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s a long time since I can remember the atmosphere in the aftermath of an All-Ireland final being like this. Dublin are so far ahead of everybody th(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin:  now the county’s most successful manager with five All-Irelands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On the upper deck of the old Hogan Stand just before the replayed NFL final of 1988, there was the customary good attendance of Meath supporters. Shor(...)

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte shakes hands with Dublin’s Jim Gavin at the end of the All-Ireland SFC final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mickey Harte knows that the pain of his team’s defeat in Sunday’s All-Ireland football final is “not like the hurt of real loss.” The three-time All-(...)

Paul Mannion, Cian O’Sullivan and Con O’Callaghan celebrate another All-Ireland title. O’Sullivan started his sixth victorious final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The beast is out of the cage. Watching the Dublin players celebrate on the field yesterday, I found myself torn between admiration for what they have(...)

Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny and Cormac Costello celebrate their All-Ireland final victory over Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Down in the tunnel, as the Dublin players bounce out of the dressing room, the annual do-see-do to get a word or two about how it all feels rolls on i(...)

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